Know Your History: The Devil’s Brigade and the Johnson M1941 LMG

DEVIL’S BRIGADE SECRET WEAPON: THE JOHNSON M1941 LMG

 

For those not familiar with the history of the 1st Special Service Force.

Though deemed not as reliable as other Standard issue LMG’s of the period, the Johnson M1941 had it’s perks.

The 5cm Granatwerfer 36

Know Your Obscure WW2 Weapons:

Weapons and Warfare

Diagram of German M19 5cm automatic mortar as sited in the Channel Islands and at points on the Atlantic Wall.

From the very start of the war, the German Army placed a great deal of store in mortars of various calibres and deployed them to every theatre of war, from North Africa to the Balkans and north-west Europe. The lightest calibre mortar produced expressly for the German Army was the 5cm leichte Granatwerfer 36 (leGrW36), which had a weight in action of 30.9lbs, considerably heavier than anything used by the Allied armies. Despite this it fired a HE bomb of just under 2lbs in weight, which was less than the weight of the bombs fired by the British 2in mortar or the Japanese Model Type 98 of comparable calibre. At the start of the war, the leGrW36 was standard equipment with every platoon within an infantry regiment of the German…

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A LOT OF LUCK AND A JAGDPANTHER

Never Say Die.
As Long as you Got Ammo and Breath, Keep Fighting!

Weapons and Warfare

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Oberfeldwebel Hermann Bix, tank commander in Panzer-Regiment 35

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The Rearguard by David Pentland.
reussisch Stargard, East Prussia, February 1945. Following the departure of the platoon’s two other vehicles, after expending all their ammunition, the single Jagdpanther of Oberfeldwebel Hermann Bix remained to cover the withdrawal of all supporting infantry in the area. Hidden behind a muck heap, with only twenty armour piercing and five high explosive shells remaining he made the attacking Soviet Shermans pay a heavy price, destroying sixteen of their number before he too fell back out of ammunition.

We were really upset when we did not receive the accustomed and promised Panzer V’s and were issued instead the Jagdpanther, which could not be sent to an assault-gun battalion as a result of the general chaos.

Out of necessity, we then took a closer look at the new gear. The crates did not have a turret. You had…

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The Cavalry of the Wehrmacht Book Review

I am always on the lookout for the more obscure WW2 books and this looks to be fascinating.

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The Cavalry of the Wehrmacht 1941-1945

By Klaus Christian Richter

Hardcover in dustjacket, 208 pages, heavily illustrated

Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd January 2004

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0887408141

ISBN-13: 978-0887408144

Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches

Some of the lesser-known formations in the Wehrmacht order battle consisted of traditional horse cavalry units.  After the First World War the Reichsheer possessed eighteen Cavalry Regiments totaling 16,400 men.  These were organized along the lines of standard infantry regiments with integral supporting formations such as artillery, communications, anti-tank, and anti-aircraft.  Cavalry brigades fought in Poland, Holland, Belgium, and France.  Several of these units were amalgamated to form the 1st Cavalry Division in October 1940.  The division fought during the invasion of Russia, but was reorganized to form the 24th Panzer Division during the winter of 41-42.

At this point the remaining cavalry strength of the Wehrmacht was disbursed into divisional…

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Bataan: A 70th Anniversary Commemoration | New Mexico PBS

So you think you got it tough because you have to sit home during a Pandemic?

How about using this time to teach the Younger Generation about some REAL heroes who went through literal HELL ON EARTH and survived!

 

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Nearly eight years ago, New Mexico PBS uploaded a video where three World War II veterans spoke of their experiences relating to Bataan. One of these veterans, Pete Gonzalez, was a member of the 19th Bomb Group. In this video, he talks about some of what he experienced and witnessed during the Bataan Death March and as a POW.

Senator Udall reintroduced his bill in 2019, and it has not yet moved forward.

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